Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism certificateWould you like to enhance your skill set for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders? Then the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is for you.

Converse’s Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) consists of five professional development courses offered through the office of Graduate Studies. The instructor is the Lead Autism Specialist for Spartanburg District Seven.

Program Offered

  • Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

About the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Currently the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is a professional development credential. Converse will incorporate these courses into a new track in their Special Education M.Ed. in the near future.

Converse’s Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is the perfect complement for those working as teachers, counselers, or social workers in fields which provide services to individuals on the autism spectrum. There is an increasing demand for professionals who can understand the issues and needs of those on the autism spectrum. The Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate program consists of five classes. This certificate can be completed along with a graduate degree or as a stand-alone certificate.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the following 5 courses:
    • Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • Course Description: Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders focuses on autism and related disorders. Autism is an early onset neurodevelopmental disorder impacting socialization, communication and learning. This course brings together clinical practice and research within the context of a developmental psychopathology framework; major topics include etiology, diagnosis and assessment, treatment, and social neuroscience methods for infants through adults.
    • Methods and Instructional Practicum for Teaching Students with ASD
      • Course Description: This comprehensive course provides insights into evidence-based practices and their role in the education of students with ASD. It is designed to focus on developing an understanding of intervention strategies to enhance communication and learning for these students and methods of teaching social skills to assist them in interacting with their peers. Students will learn how to provide effective instruction and supports to children with ASD and their families. This course provides a solid foundation for understanding ASD within the contexts of school and the transition to adult life. Elements of effective practice and instructional methods are applied across various instructional domains, required skill sets, and demands related to performing optimally in school settings.
    • Practical Adaptations and Inclusion for Student with ASD
      • Course Description: This course provides information about the set of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges for students with ASD, particularly for those placed in an inclusive classroom. To be ready, teachers and other professionals need to be up to date on adaptations, modifications, and ASD law. Adaptations is an umbrella term that includes accommodations and modifications. The goal for practical adaptations is to support students with ASD and improve their learning. Modifications involve changes in the general education curriculum, course content, teaching strategies, manner of presentations, or timing that needed for students with ASD in the inclusive classroom. Students will also become familiar with the laws that govern the appropriate use of accommodations. It is critical that teachers understand the basic requirements of the law, and provide appropriate services to meet the needs of every student with ASD.
    • Speech Language and Communication Development in Autism
      • Course Description: This course brings together clinical practice and research within the context of a developmental psychopathology framework; the neurobiological basis of autism and findings in language development; major topics in etiology, and principals of assessment and intervention.
    • Behavioral management in Autism Spectrum Disorders
      • Course Description: This course introduces the causes and diagnosis of autism, scientific validation, applied behavior analysis, and ethical treatment of those with ASD. This course covers the application of specific behavioral teaching procedures, including prompting, reinforcement, shaping, chaining, error correction and generalization methods, and the development of instructional plans. Emphasis is placed on procedures and plans to teach communication, social, self-help and peer-academic skills. Application of such methods in inclusive classroom settings is considered. The course covers the purpose, rationale, and methods used in conducting and interpreting functional analyses of challenging, or “maladaptive” behaviors (self-injury, stereotypy, aggression). It also describes the full range of behavioral procedures used to decrease or eliminate these behaviors, with emphasis placed on ethical interventions and the desirability of least restrictive and non-aversive strategies.

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